Clubs & Affiliates

The Calvert Marine Museum offers members many opportunities to get involved in the museum. The museum supports a number of affiliated groups, formally referred to as clubs. These groups are made up of members who come together around a common interest that aligns with the mission of the museum. If you have a passion and are looking for a group of like-minded people who share it - check out our Affiliates to see if there's a match. Contact information for each group is provided below. You must be a member of the Calvert Marine Museum Society to join a club.

Canoe & Kayak Club

The CMM Canoe/Kayak Club offers museum members an opportunity to explore the creeks, marshes, and rivers in southern Maryland as part of an organized excursion guided by a trip leader. A trip is scheduled approximately once a month with the emphasis on morning excursions, lasting two to three hours. Most trips end at lunch-time, often in a location with a place to eat.

Download the Canoe & Kayak Brochure.

For upcoming trips, checkout the museum calendar.

Current Officers:

President: John Altomare, call 410-610-2253 with questions or email at

Secretary/Treasurer: Ev Eshelman, 410-326-9481 or

PSCG Logo-2014Patuxent Small Craft Guild

This group of boat enthusiasts work on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings building, restoring, sailing, and rowing traditional craft indigenous to the region, all under the direction of the museum's boatwright, Mark Wilkins. Club members also actively participate in the Solomons Maritime Festival (May), Patuxent River Appreciation Days (October), and other museum events.

For details and scheduling, contact Mark Wilkins at 410 326-2042, ext. 8046 or via email

Facebook Opens in new windowStay up to date on current projects and activities by following the guild's Facebook page.

CMM Fossil Club LogoFossil Club

The CMM Fossil Club (CMMFC) sponsors field trips to fossil collecting sites, regular meetings, public lectures, and fossil fairs. No prior experience in paleontology is needed.

Club President: Paul Murdoch
Download the Fossil Club Brochure.

Click here to view the Fossil Club page on our website.

The Ecphora is the official newsletter/journal of the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club, and is published quarterly. To see the most recent and back issues, click here.

Facebook Opens in new windowStay up to date current findings and topics by following the Fossil Club Facebook Page.

CMM Garden Guild

(Volunteer based group / no dues or officers)
If you like working with plants and have a willingness to help maintain the museum grounds, then join the CMM Garden Guild. This group is dedicated to beautifying the museum landscape. They work on "green" projects such as a rain garden, compost bins, rain barrels and floating gardens. These are projects that help the museum retain its Bay Wise Landscape certification. Click here to learn more about the CMM Garden Guild's projects.

Visit this website to learn more about the program: 
Bay Wise Program
Visit the Calvert County Master Gardener's Website
Learn more about the Healthy Harbor project

Group members meet Tuesday mornings to work on the museum grounds March through October.
Click here to contact Kathy Ellwood via email.

Purple Margin Club LogoPurple Martin Club

The Purple Martin Club is preparing for Spring. If you'd like to help start a colony at the museum, come join the club! Our goal is to foster an active colony in the Purple Martin house purchased last year, and to encourage visitors to support this amazing bird by putting up their own houses.

If you are interested in joining the club or just want to learn more about Purple Martins contact Ken Ritter at 301-481-8536 or email.

SIMBC LogoSolomons Island Model Boat Club

The Solomons Island Model Boat Club (SIMBC) is one of the most active clubs at the museum.

A Fleet of 48" radio-controlled skipjacks, built by club members, races on summer weekends at the museum waterfront. They also hold regattas, inviting enthusiasts from up and down the east coast to demonstrate their skill. The SIMBC also demonstrates its fleet of radio-controlled "Victoria" sailboats and other model craft.

During the winter months, club members work on building models. Classes are held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to noon. No experience required – we’ll teach you everything you need to know.

Download Solomons Island Model Boat Club Brochure

Applications available on the SIMBC website. For questions, please email Commodore Robb Dutton.

If interested in the Solomons Island Model Boat Club or in need of model boat supplies and plans, please contact Tom Younger in the CMM Model Boat / Carving Showroom at 410-326-2042, ext. 8070.